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Ohio Valley China Company


OHIO VALLEY CHINA COMPANY, Wheeling, W. Va. This factory was originally started under the name of the West Virginia China Company for the manufacture of hotel china, Mr. James Clark being the leading spirit. The venture was unsuccessful. The Ohio Valley China Company made a variety of ornamental goods, and the body was probably the best ever made in America. Some very good pieces with mazarine blue ground and raised gold enrichments were produced, and it is none too early for collectors to secure specimens as the ware marked a distinct stage in American ceramics. Dr. Zimmer was a capable chemist, but the impossibility of securing capable help was a serious drawback and the works were finally closed. They are now operated as a sanitary ware factory under the style of The Riverside Pottery Company, of which Mr. C. W. Franzheim is president and Mr. J. W. Mays the manager. M 167.

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